Just saying

March 23, 2010

I decided I’m going to start the day out on a bit of a controversial note by just saying, I am an atheist.

But why is this controversial? Why is saying this out loud so taboo? People are allowed to say they’re Catholic; they’re allowed to say they practice Judaism. What is it about the word atheist that often receives a gasp as a response?

Remember those controversial ads that cropped up around this time last year? “There probably is no god. Now stop worrying about it and enjoy your life.” These ads originated in the UK and a group called the Freethought Association of Canada tried to get them on buses here in Toronto. I don’t remember seeing these particular ads, but I did take a picture of a similar one in the Queen’s Park subway station last spring.

A lot of people were really offended by those ads, but I don’t really understand why. I’ve often seen religious advertisements on the TTC and I’m not offended. I don’t care if someones believe in a god, so why should people care that I don’t.

For a long time I was a little uneasy about expressing my beliefs to people I don’t know that well. I was once asked “what I was” by an ex-boyfriend’s mother the first time I met her (and on Easter no less) . I told her I was baptised Catholic because I didn’t want her to think her son was dating some heathen.

Basically the reason I’m writing this is because I think people just need to chill out and not be so threatened by people who decide not to believe in a god.

If they think we’re going to hell they can try that prayer thing they do.


2 Responses to “Just saying”

  1. Heather Says:

    Good post Jess – I am definitely not religious, although I wouldnt call myself an atheist either – I believe in a stronger force than myself, but I dont necessarily pin point it on any deity in particular. I think the reason people get so offended is that they have pinned so much of their realities on this one element holding true, that if it wasnt, the foundation they have built their lives on might start to crack. Its ridiculous the arguments and wars created by beliefs in something that no one can either prove or disprove… sigh..

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